Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

GERM1102 - Dutch : History of literature and analysis of texts I

Credits : 5

Lecturer :
Teaching assistant :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first and second term, 60 hours of theory and 30 hours of exercises.

Timetable :
First term
Monday from 10:45 to 11:45 at 109 Marais 410
Wednesday from 08:30 to 10:30 at 109 Marais 610
Second term
Monday from 13:30 to 14:30
Thursday from 15:45 to 17:45

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Learning outcomes :
By the end of the course, the student should be able to
- Distinguish between the major ideological, aesthetic and literary trends in a social and political context for the period running from 1200 to 1830 in the Netherlands and Flanders;
- To read closely and critically and locate major literary texts, heir authors and other prominent literary figures within these currents;
- Write an essay on literary texts in a comparative approach, in strict compliance with the applicable criteria of scientific writing;
- submit literary texts to critical analysis following various methodologies and theoretical approaches.

Prerequisites :
For the Bachelor in History :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
Based on a consideration of the validity and issues of a “historiography” of literature, this course focuses - in a Western and more specifically European perspective - on a detailed overview of the major ideological, aesthetic and literary currents that determined Dutch language literature and its prominent figures and canonical texts.

The student will also be trained in the main theoretical and methodological tools for in-depth analysis of the literary text and its relations with other arts and media. The texts cover the entire history of Dutch literature and are chosen according to their canonical status and/or because of the innovation they introduced. Priority is given to different disciplinary approaches and their combinations: narratology; post-classical narratology; psychoanalysis; post-structuralism, imagology; discourse analysis; ethical, (post) colonial, feminist readings; ...

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
On the one hand, ex cathedra lecture completed by readings that are commented and discussed in class. On the other hand, starting from on case studies and discussions between professor and students, the course aims to introduce students to the major theoretical and methodological tools of scientific analysis of Dutch literary texts. Students are asked to respond in a way that is both creative and critical to readings of texts belonging to different genres.

Assessment methods and criteria :
Oral exam.

Quadrimester 1
Oral exam on the course content.

Quadrimester 2
1/ Oral exam on the course content : (Q1 +) Q2 (60%)
2/ Oral discussion, preferably from a document (2 pages max.): an argued hypothesis (logical links + bibliography with secondary literature) on ONE aspect of a work chosen personally and not addressed in the course. Delivery of this document is ON THE LATEST ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE BLOCUS. The document is not compulsory but strongly advised. In the absence of such a document, the oral exam will take place on the basis of information provided by the student at the time. The Q2 tutoring test can be used as a basis for the second part of the examination. (40%)

Final note : average Q1 + Q2.

Recommended or required reading :
D. DE GEEST DIRK, A. FAEMS, K. RYMENANTS & T. SINTOBIN, Nederlandse literatuur. Van de middeleeuwen tot vandaag, Averbode: Averbode, 2006.
J. GERA & A. SNELLER, Inleiding literatuurgeschiedenis voor de internationale neerlandistiek, Hilversum, Verloren, 2010.
G.KNUVELDER, Handboek tot de geschiedenis van de Nederlandse letterkunde (4 delen)
Erica VAN BOVEN en Mary KEMPERINK (bewerking). Literatuur van de Moderne Tijd. Nederlandse en Vlaamse letterkunde in de 19e en 20e eeuw. Uitgeverij Coutinho, Bussum, 2006.
H.VAN GORP e.a., Lexicon van literaire termen

Sites internet: (Digitale Bibliotheek Nederlandse Letteren) (Association des Néerlandistes de Belgique francophone)

Geschiedenis van de Nederlandse literatuur (série):
• deel 1 (I): Frits van Oostrom - Stemmen op schrift (Middeleeuwen I tot 1300).
• deel 1 (II): Frits van Oostrom - Wereld in woorden (1300-1400).
• deel 2: Herman Pleij - Het gevleugelde woord (Middeleeuwen II, 15de en 16de eeuw).
• deel 3: Karel Porteman en Mieke Smits-Veldt - Een nieuw vaderland voor de muzen (1570-1700).
• deel 4 (I): Inger Leemans en Gert-Jan Johannes - Worm en Donder (1700-1800: de Republiek).
• deel 4 (II): Tom Verschaffel - De weg naar het binnenland (1700-1800: de Zuidelijke Nederlanden).
• deel 5: Wim van den Berg en Piet Couttenier - Alles is taal geworden (1800-1900).

Other information :
The course includes 30hours of tutoring. The tutoring focuses on the most complex texts that will be analysed. The sessions are used to check the understanding and mastery of the vocabulary. They also provide the first elements of analysis of the texts that will be studied further with the professor.

Several hours are devoted to the methodology of scientific research as it is practiced in Dutch literature and to the accompaniment of students in the writing of two scientific essays (one essay per semester), in particular the validation of the corpus and help with writing (documentary research, structuring, argumentation, ...). A visit to the library is also planned.